“The police, that was wearing the official uniform with the Croatian flag, came and beat him all over the body”

  • Date and time: March 29, 2019 00:00
  • Location: Slovenian-Croatian border
  • Coordinates: 45.69057883928325, 15.502918154384133
  • Pushback from: Slovenia
  • Pushback to: Croatia, Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 19 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting
  • Police involved: Croatian police (unspecified number), they were wearing the Croatian flag on their uniforms
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, photos taken, no translator present, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A young man from Afghanistan, 19 years old, reports starting his game in Serbia. He entered a truck there, which would take him to Slovenia in two days. But on March 25, 2019, when he arrived in Slovenia, the trucked stopped and the driver found him, hiding in the truck. The driver instantly called the police. The respondent tried to escape, but the driver stopped him while insulting him. The police, described as wearing the official uniform with the Croatian flag, arrived shortly after at the place where the truck was parked. They beat and kicked him all over his body. Afterwards, he was taken to jail in Croatia in what he described as a white van.

“I was in a very small room without water and food for one day.”

The police asked him to sign a document, in order to give him food, but he refused to sign.

“First the food, then I will sign”.

The police refused his demand and didn’t hand him out any food. The document was written in English, a language he doesn’t understand well. The respondent never had the services of a translator. The police took photos of him but not his fingerprints.

Afterwards, he reports being pushed back to Serbia in a police car, after five days on “the game”.